World Higher Education Conference 2022

General Information




With more than 160 parallel sessions and 400 speakers, the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) gathered 2500 higher education stakeholders in Barcelona, Spain, from 18 to 22 May 2022, to reshape ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity.

Conceptualized as a global conversation in a hybrid format to provide opportunities for broad participation, 115 onsite Round Tables, HED Talks and Workshops were followed by more than 8300 virtual connections from all over the world, while 48 “Speakers Corners” and 66 official side-events were organized onsite in Barcelona or online.




The 3rd World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) brought together relevant stakeholders to define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of higher education. This roadmap, conceived as an open, living document, aims to respond to the challenges faced by humanity and the planet, with special attention to the global disruption created by the COVID-19. It looks at both the higher education systems (norms, policies, structures, stakeholders) and institutions (universities, specialized entities, networks).

WHEC2022 offered new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produced an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favour of the 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond.

The WHEC2022 was organised by UNESCO with the generous support of the Government of Spain, the regional Government of Catalonia, the City Hall and the Regional Authority of Barcelona and in partnership with GUNi/ACUP.

When and Where

The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference took place from 18 to 20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.